This paper describes the city modeling process of Florianopolis, Brazil, within an architecture graduate program. The model focuses the city urban evolution and aims to integrate different research groups that have Florianopolis as their study object. The process of interpreting historical and other analog data in order to include them into the model becomes a tool to connect research information and stimulate collaboration with researchers who have worked separately. We discuss some tools applied to the modeling process and some research projects that are starting to be embedded in the model.